It's no secret that the IPKat is already getting ever so excited about the forthcoming Copying Without Infringing conference, scheduled for 24 November with IPKat team member Jeremy in the chair (click here for the full colour brochure). As in previous years he has twisted the arms and various other parts of the organisers' respective anatomies in order to procure a complimentary place plus delicious lunch and conference notes -- worth £495 plus VAT -- to anyone fortunate enough to win this year's competition.
The rules of the competition are simple. Please compose a haiku, according to the traditional Japanese rules, on one of the three subjects (all of which have something to do with the borders of infringing/non-infringing use of IP rights):
* fair dealing/fair use;You can enter as many times as you want, but (i) the closing date for entries is midnight, Greenwich Mean Time, on 31 October; (ii) entries must be sent by email with the subject line 'Haiku'; (iii) anyone whose haiku consists of sycophantic praise for the IPKat, Merpel or Tufty will be disqualified, even if the entry is published; (iv) the IPKat will publish the best entries unless the person submitting expressly states that he or she will be dismissed for sending them. Merpel, recalling previous competitions, adds a hint: streams of conscience in the style of James Joyce are not considered haikus; nor are limericks.
* the Bolar exemption;
* use of trade marks as AdWords.